Harvard Men's Health Watch

The essentials to keep a man's heart healthy

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Here is a checklist to lower your cardiac risk. A healthy weight and a physically active life will get you most of the way there.

As men age, cardiovascular health becomes a higher priority. But for all the recent media frenzy about who should be on cholesterol-lowering statin drugs and the continuing obsession with popping fish oil capsules, checking the box on two fundamental lifestyle issues will get you most of the way there.

"The key things are maintaining a healthy weight and being physically active," according to Dr. Sekar Kathiresan, director of preventive cardiology at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital. "That's what brings all of this together."

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